Megan Barry's mayoral campaign is ramping up.
Yesterday the at-large councilwoman announced the appointment of Claudia Huskey as her campaign manager and the hiring of a political consulting firm. Huskey will be leaving former vice president Al Gore's office, where she has been a senior aide.
"I am delighted to welcome Claudia to my campaign in a leadership role," Barry said in a release from the campaign. "Claudia has been an adviser and friend since I first ran for office in 2007, and she is a rising star in Nashville political circles. Our campaign will be people-powered with an emphasis on grassroots organizing, and that's one of the things Claudia does best."
Look for every campaign to claim "the people" as their fuel and "the grassroots" as their base — which candidates follow through on it remains to be seen.
On the consulting side, Barry's campaign will work with the Chicago-based Snyder Pickerill Media Group — which has worked with winning mayoral candidates in Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Jersey City and Houston, according to the campaign release — for assistance with campaign strategy and advertising. For public opinion research, the campaign has tapped Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, highlighting the firm's work with mayoral candidates in several other cities (including Peer Cities© Austin and Charlotte) and the Obama campaign.